Thursday, October 21, 2021

Mark Arnold:

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Helmet of Fate: Ibis the Invincible + The Huntress: Dark Knight Daughter

Helmet of Fate: Ibis the Invincible

Ibis the Invincible first appeared in the first issue of Whiz Comics (actually #2), published by Fawcett Comics, also the home of Captain Marvel (Shazam!) fame. The story was very simplistic of an Egyptian mummy come to life and with the aid of his trusty Ibistick, he is able to clothe himself and bring his mate Taia to life.

This updating concerns the original Ibis passing on the flame to a teenager named Danny Khalifa, the subject of much racial ridicule in the days after 9/11. He carries on the tradition as the new Ibis, complete with new costume.


Huntress: Dark Knight Daughter

This trade paperback contains stories that originally appeared in the pages of various issues of DC Super Stars, Batman Family and Wonder Woman from the years 1977-1982. The stories were all written by Paul Levitz and penciled by Joe Staton.

The stories came about when DC relaunched All-Star Comics which featured the Justice Society of America. After this revival and a few staffing changes, new characters were created. One was to be an Earth-2 Batgirl, but eventually she emerged as The Huntress, the daughter of Bruce Wayne (Batman) and Selina Kyle Wayne (Catwoman). The characterization in this collection collapsed with the Crisis on Infinite Earths mini-series, and the Huntress was transformed into a different character entirely.

Mark Arnold is a comic book and animation historian and a writing, art, and film/video production professional. He writes comic books and articles on comic books and animation for various publications in addition to scripts, short stories and novels. He is also skilled in sales, marketing and promotion, and has film and TV production experience with digital video, video tape, and film. He has many online websites including Fun Ideas, Mark's Rare Comics, The Harveyville Fun Times!, So Rare!, and Food Shop. He also writes an (almost) daily blog and writes and draws a weekly comic strip called Protecto, the Little Robot. For the curious, Mark can be reached online at Whew!

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